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The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
  

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

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Shortlisted for the Independent Booksellers Book Award 2011.

Shortlisted for the Galaxy UK Author of the Year 2010.

Good historical fiction - which is what this book is - requires a careful balance of imagination and historical research. Imagination to help the reader feel part of the story and research to make it feel true. In this book, we are transported back to the conflicting cultures of the Dutch East Indies Company and a Japan of 200 years ago when time followed a different clock. It was a time when life was raw, unforgiving and gory. A dog-eat-dog world where trust was rare and love rarer still. This is a truly original, imaginative and challenging historical novel.

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Synopsis

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Be transported to a place like no other: a tiny, man-made island in the bay of Nagasaki, for two hundred years the sole gateway between Japan and the West. Here, in the dying days of the 18th-century, a young Dutch clerk arrives to make his fortune. Instead he loses his heart. Step onto the streets of Dejima and mingle with scheming traders, spies, interpreters, servants and concubines as two cultures converge. In a tale of integrity and corruption, passion and power, the key is control -- of riches and minds, and over death itself.

Reviews

'Compared with almost everything being written now, it is vertiginously ambitious -- and brilliant'
The Times

'Spectacularly accomplished and thrillingly suspenseful'
Sunday Times

'Unquestionably a marvel -- entirely original among contemporary British novels, revealing its author as, surely, the most impressive fictional mind of his generation'
Observer

'A world of stories in prose that brings a lump to the throat...David Mitchell has done it again.'
Independent on Sunday

'Arguably his finest...It will doubtless earn Mitchell his fourth Man Booker nomination and, if there's any justice, his first win.'
Sunday Telegraph

'However densely charted and richly sketched, this sumptuous imbroglio never drags...Mitchell flexes his prose virtuosity. More than before, those muscles do the heart's work.'
Independent

'Hugely enjoyable...the descriptions of Dejima and what life there must have been like are extraordinarily accurate'
Literary Review

'David Mitchell is back with a bang...superb'
Irish Independent

'A masterpiece'
Scotsman

'For a tour de force, it's surprisingly nimble, emotionally complex and simply unforgettable.'
Scotland on Sunday

'Ambitious and fascinating...Comparisons to Tolstoy are inevitable, and right on the money.'
Kirkus Reviews

'Confirms Mitchell as one of the more fascinating and fearless writers alive'
Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review

About the Author

David Mitchell

Born in 1969, David Mitchell grew up in Worcestershire. After graduating from Kent University, he taught English in Japan, where he wrote his first novel, Ghostwritten. Published in 1999, it was awarded the Mail on Sunday John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His second novel, number9dream, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and in 2003, David Mitchell was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. His third novel, Cloud Atlas, was shortlisted for six awards including the Man Booker Prize, and adapted for film in 2012. It was followed by Black Swan Green, shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller. Both were also longlisted for the Booker. In 2013, The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice From the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida was published in a translation from the Japanese by David Mitchell and KA Yoshida. It was an immediate bestseller in the UK and later in the US as well.

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Publication date

17th March 2011

Author

David Mitchell

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Publisher

Sceptre an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
560 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780340921586

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